Idaho has seen an explosion of coronavirus cases, including at meat processing plants (AFP Photo/Natalie Behring)
Washington (AFP) – Since last week, the small, rural northwestern US state of Idaho has been racking up 500 new coronavirus cases a day — a sign of the exponential spread of the disease across the country.
With just 1.8 million inhabitants, Idaho — famous for its potatoes and meat processing plants — is seeing a virus resurgence as it also sweeps through the US South and West.
Meanwhile, New York and the northeastern United States, where the epidemic first hit hardest, have succeeded in tamping down infection rates.
Before June 15, Idaho was reporting fewer than 50 new cases a day. On Sunday, it reported 550, and more than 700 cases last Thursday.